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Steve McClaren's job at Newcastle appears safe for now following a telephone conversation with the club's managing director.
The embattled head coach spoke by phone with managing director Lee Charnley on Wednesday afternoon after an expected meeting between the two failed to happen.
McClaren was smiling as he left Newcastle's training ground after the conversation which suggested that he has been given a stay of execution despite the club's perilous position in the league.
There have been increased calls for changes at St James' Park from fans and former players alike in recent days as the club languishes in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone following a run of three successive defeats.
However, despite rumours that former Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez had been lined up to replace him, McClaren looks set to stay in charge for now and is expected to take training on Thursday ahead of Newcastle's trip to table toppers Leicester on Monday evening.
By: Kieran O'Daly